The Norman Transcript

University

June 20, 2012

Victim of fall is identified

NORMAN — Cause of death report could be issued today

The victim of Monday’s fatal fall at a dormitory construction site has been identified.

Colby Shaw, 24, a construction worker for Universal Roofing & Sheet Metal since 2006, fell four stories while on the job at the University of Oklahoma’s Headington Hall at Lindsey Street and Jenkins Avenue.

Amy Elliott, chief administrative officer for the chief medical examiner, said Tuesday afternoon that Shaw’s cause of death report is pending. Elliott’s office could issue a report on Shaw’s death as early as this morning.

After his fall, which was reported to the OU Police Department at 8:12 a.m., Shaw was transported by helicopter to OU Medical Center.

Hospital spokesman Eric Ferguson said Shaw died at 9:15 a.m. Monday in the medical center. Ferguson said he could not disclose a cause of death.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials are investigating the fall. Flintco LLC, the construction project’s general contractor, and Universal Roofing also are investigating the case.

Jimmy Guthrie, president at Universal Roofing, a Moore business, said company policy requires employees to tie off their harnesses when they are working six feet above ground. Employees are required to wear a body harness, lanyards and a rope.

Guthrie said Shaw was wearing his harness, though he didn’t hook it to a tie-off point.

Dana Birkes, Flintco’s vice president of business development and marketing, said preliminary findings from OSHA’s investigation also suggest this was the case.

Joel Pruett 366-3540 jpruett@ normantranscript.com

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
University
  • OU History of Science Department receives Sloan Foundation Grant

    The University of Oklahoma History of Science Department has received a $350,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in support of a project to build an innovative tool for collaborative research centered on the 100-year-old Isis ...

    April 16, 2014

  • Oklahoma Water Survey data web portal to be demonstrated next week

    A new tool is available from the Oklahoma Water Survey, at the University of Oklahoma, for organizations in the state that collect and use water data. Oklahoma Water Survey Director Robert Puls will demonstrate Phase I of a new water data ...

    April 16, 2014

  • Courses bring unprecedented enrollment

    University students majoring in engineering, science and mathematics typically enroll in college-level computer courses, like computational thinking and computer programming. Now, with Janux online courses offered at the University of ...

    April 15, 2014

  • Leaders, industry experts discuss U.S. energy security and its impact around world

    Intellectual dialogue was sparked Thursday between students, professors and industry experts about the impact of the U.S.’s increasing energy supply at the Price College of Business Energy Institute’s Energy Symposium. The Symposium, ...

    April 11, 2014

  • Development scholar to speak

    Geographer Diana Liverman will present a public lecture about global poverty in the Anthropocene, the proposed new geological epoch defined by the impacts of human activity....

    April 11, 2014

  • OU College of Medicine announces psychiatry chair

    Britta Ostermeyer, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.P.A., has been named professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She also has the Paul and Ruth Jonas Chair in Psychiatry and has ...

    April 10, 2014

  • OU junior wins debate honors

    Furthering his achievement in the University of Oklahoma’s Shannon Self Debate Program, University of Oklahoma junior Rashid Campbell earned the title of First Speaker at the National Debate Tournament hosted by Indiana University. ...

    April 10, 2014

  • Kappa Kappa Gamma to celebrate centennial

    Active members and alumna of Beta Theta Kappa Kappa Gamma will participate in a weekend event to celebrate the chapter’s 100th anniversary....

    April 10, 2014

  • Nancy Mergler wants to return to teaching

    Nancy Mergler, University of Oklahoma senior vice president and provost for the Norman campus since 1995, has announced her intent to return to classroom teaching and resign her administrative post as provost, effective June 1, after ...

    April 8, 2014

  • Bloomberg to host financial aptitude test for career seekers

    University of Oklahoma students will join the ranks of 130,000 global test takers from more than 1,500 universities when they take the Bloomberg Aptitude Test from 2 to 4 p.m. April 18 at OU, Adams Hall, Room 300....

    April 8, 2014

Video
Facebook